Certain people seem to appreciate the appearance of the black screen of a TV that dominates the wall. Others view the television mounted on the wall as a necessity and an extra feature rather than a part of the room’s design. However, interior designers and decorators who believe that a wall-mounted television is nothing less than an eyesore constantly look for ways to create a unique look with this design issue.
There are several options to conceal the wall-mounted TV so that it doesn’t obstruct your décor, ranging from selecting an image frame design (like Samsung’s “The Frame” TV) that transforms into a piece of art when it is not being used, to selecting the mirror with integrated TV, and all kinds of covers, like sliding doors to cabinets or curtains. However, suppose you’re seeking ways to incorporate the flatscreen’s visible aspect more easily into your living space without jeopardizing your meticulously planned design. In that case, there are a few designer suggestions that could be able to help.
In the Mix
“I like to integrate wall-mounted TVs into the rest of the room by surrounding them with art so that the TV becomes a part of a larger gallery wall,” Interior design expert Erin Williamson. “Adding a shelf, credenza, or console table below the TV anchors it to the space and lends a sense of permanence.”
Part of the Scenery
The Cuban-born Interior designer Maite Granda picked the frame-style TV she mounted in a wall unit she designed and built. The scene of the beach appears like an image when it is not in use, which is a perfect match for the overall style.
The Art of Distraction
In the end, for better or worse, the idea of putting a flat screen over the fireplace has been the new equivalent of hanging an antique mirror or an oil painting above the hearth. This design by LA Designer Affair The bold and vivid wallpaper catches the eye but makes the TV stand out even when the TV is off.
“I don’t have a big desire to 100% hide my TV in my house because I don’t mind seeing them in spaces,” A Beautiful Mess blogger Emma Chapman writes. “But I don’t love when they feel like the most prominent thing in the room. So I like how this helps to blend the TV into the wall unless it’s turned on and we’re watching something. But the second thing this black accent stripe does is showcase the artwork we hung just above the TV.”
Above and Beyond
In this design for a living room by LA Designer Affair, the TV wall becomes the focal point, but it’s not the primary focus due to a dark blue border. Custom paneling and bold artwork. This keeps the TV from taking over the space. Furthermore, hanging ornamental baskets on the TV draws the eye upwards.
Canadian design firm Gabriele Pizzale of Pizzale Design selected black marble to decorate the wall behind the fireplace and the wall-mounted TV, which is sleek and seamless.
The TV corner inside this Japanese-inspired living space by Cathie Hong Interiors is a minimalist space enhanced by hanging industrial wall lamps and various plants, objects, and artwork.
The comfortable television room was created by Velinda Hellen for Emily Henderson Design to prevent an unflattering screen from dominating the living space. The entire area is white, with saturated tones that make the TV screen disappear when it is not in use (squint, and you’ll be able to see it on the left).
Mini Gallery Wall
Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess transformed an unattractive corner in her living room into a beautiful place to put her flatscreen TV with a custom table that hides cables and equipment with a cute miniature display wall that gives you something to see other than the TV’s screen when it’s not on.
The interior design company Forbes and Masters utilized a black textured wall to erase the TV’s screen, thereby adding a layer of visual illusion by using the lamps with black shades on either side of the television, giving the viewer something to focus on, even when it’s dark.
The dark blue wood slat wall can help reduce the look of a flat wall screen using a concept from Canadian Interior designer Gabriele Pizzale of Pizzale Design.
The lacquered walls, the mirrored ceilings, the impressive chandeliers, and the general glitz of this karaoke lounge by Forbes + Masters concentrates attention away from the TV screen that isn’t given a prominent spot above that fireplace but is incorporated into the custom millwork where is tucked away when it is not being used.
Blogger Emma Chapman from A Beautiful Mess writes that her preferred accent wall decoration to hide a television is hanging empty picture frames from thrift stores and then painting the entire thing black. “I love how the TV kind of disappears into the space,” she writes, “but when it’s on and in use it’s actually even more visible with the darker background.”
Use a Dark Credenza
A low-effort method to aid in the integration of a vast flatscreen in a dark and airy space, you can follow the advice of Desiree Burns’s interiors and secure the screen by using a black credenza which allows it to be a part of the room.
Black and Blue
An interior designer from Los Angeles, Lori Dennis, used dark blue walls and a somber black ceiling to create this elegant man’s space, with the TV virtually hidden in the back wall of the room when it is unused.